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A thrilling and exhilarating exploration of U.S. politics in Central America from Joan Didion, the hugely acclaimed author of The Year of Magical ...Show synopsisA thrilling and exhilarating exploration of U.S. politics in Central America from Joan Didion, the hugely acclaimed author of The Year of Magical Thinking. It is 1984. Journalist Elena McMahon, watching her evasive, gruff father's life ebbing away before her, clutches at understanding him to grasp little more than air. But harder, keener forces impel her to do his bidding, to go naked into a 'situation' in Central America, because 'things were hotting up again'.Hide synopsis
Description:Fine in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Tall. 227 pp....Fine in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Tall. 227 pp.; 22 cm. Tight, clean copy. Stated "First Trade Edition." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. "This intricate, fast-paced story, whose many scenes and details fit together like so many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, is Didion's incisive and chilling look at a modern world where things are not working as they should and where the oblique and official language is as sinister as the events it is covering up. The narrator introduces Elena McMahon, estranged from a life of celebrity fundraisers and from her powerful West Coast husband, Wynn Janklow, whom she has left, taking Catherine, her daughter, to become a reporter for The Washington Post. Suddenly walking off the 1984 campaign, she finds herself boarding a plane for Florida to see her father, Dick McMahon. She becomes embroiled in her Dick's business though 'she had trained herself since childhood not to have any interest in what he was doing. ' It is from this moment that she is caught up in something much larger than she could have imagined, something that includes Ambassador-at-Large Treat Austin Morrison and Alexander Brokaw, the ambassador to an unnamed Caribbean island. Into this startling vision of conspiracies, arms dealing, and assassinations, Didion makes connections among Dallas, Iran-Contra, and Castro, and points up how 'spectral companies with high-concept names tended to interlock. ' As this book builds to its terrifying finish, we see the underpinnings of a dark historical underbelly. This is our system, the one 'trying to create a context for democracy and getting [its] hands a little dirty in the process. ' / Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California. She has written four previous novels, five nonfiction books, and frequently contributes to The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker."-Publisher.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 8vo. 0679433317. A smart...Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 8vo. 0679433317. A smart First Trade Edition/First Printing in Near Fine condition in alike dust-jacket with light edgewear.
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Signed by Author Signed by author...Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Signed by Author Signed by author on title page-signature only-slight lean noted. Book in Mylar cover. First Edition, First Printing. No remainder marks, no ink markings. NOT priced clipped. In well packed Boxes-no padded envelopes.
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